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    By Chris Cillizza  |  October 7, 2008; 8:14 PM ET
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    So did the Seesmic technology choke? Did you change your mind? Was it all just a hype in the first place? We BELIEVE Chris, but canst helpest thou our unbelief? :-)

    Posted by: msilverton | October 8, 2008 3:44 PM | Report abuse

    Sen. John McCain clearly won last night's debate.

    Democrats for John McCain and Sarah Palin in 2008.

    Posted by: hclark1 | October 8, 2008 11:02 AM | Report abuse

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    Posted by: suma_abhi | October 8, 2008 3:45 AM | Report abuse

    October 8th, 2008 2:32 am ET
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    It was close to a draw. The polls may move toward Obama as he won the economic side and health plan side. McCain came with his new bailout that was a boost for homeowners. McCain won on Russia, drew on Pakistan, lost on Afghanistan, won on Georgia and drew on Iraq. Russia being the strategic threat, gives McCain an edge. Body language, facial expressions, that one, the repetitive he does not understand attacks and the overuse of my friends work against McCain for those that measure these traits. With Palin using Ayers and Hannity tonight called on having a discredited hourlong guest that attacked Obama with Ayers proven to be a rabid anti-semite by Obama’s Gibbs, may have been the reason McCain did not do face to face what is the current campaign rants at America. The kill him heard at the Palin rally moves voters away. The absurdity of calling a Senator a terrorist will get old fast.

    Posted by: jameschirico | October 8, 2008 2:40 AM | Report abuse

    OK, Chris, I added you to my new Twitter account (same name as my userid, fwiw)

    Posted by: WillSeattle | October 8, 2008 2:08 AM | Report abuse

    Since both signed off on $700 billion bailout for corporations and not the people, both have no clue in solving the economic crisis? I particularly liked McCain bringing up Obama’s vote to the 2005 Bush/Cheney Energy bill and how Obama and his cronies were the biggest benefactors of Fannie and Freddie Mae. Will public hear more on Obama's closeted homosexual affair back in November 1999?
    Google "Obama closeted homosexual affair."

    Both CBS and NBC polls tilt to Obama with intentionally oversampling of African American democratic voters, are other media polls are illegitimate too as they claim the same results?

    Is there truth to the rumor that the candidate that bumps off mutual opponent will win in November regardless of debates, issues and poll numbers? Apparently the mutual opponent exposed corruption within both parties and is presently targeted. Will the parties use the practice of ’sweetheart exchange deals’ where convicted felons are used to commit crimes/murders in exchange of less jail time, conveniently covered up and culprits never suspected? Will Dems use an OJ SImpson-like black convict with jail time to do the bumping off? Will GOP use a Guiliani-like mob ties similiar to the ones used by his ex-NYPD commissioner who was indicted and may be jailed up to 140 years? Or Gotti, Jr. who is currently in midst of conspiracy and murder trial?

    Given this information, do we have to worry about our personal safety too? For example, will our planned 4 hour car ride next Sunday be targeted? Will our car wheels and brakes be tampered with? How about sleeping in the middle of the night as our habits and plans are known in advanced due to bugging devices?

    Posted by: thbwrth | October 8, 2008 1:16 AM | Report abuse

    McCain is so weak, he sends a lady out to say whatever she wants to about Obama and then he does not have the conviction to back her up tonight.

    If Obama is a terrorist, McCain should put country first and say it in public.

    McCain is a cranky old man.

    Posted by: alan15 | October 8, 2008 12:59 AM | Report abuse

    McAge and treachery is not done yet.
    Palin will be holding Klan meetings for him in the next few weeks. If any black republicans attend it will be at their peril. A black republican is like a U.F.O. Very few people have seen one except on televison.

    Posted by: seemstome | October 7, 2008 11:41 PM | Report abuse

    The cranky old man on the stage was Tom Brokaw.

    Posted by: bobnsri | October 7, 2008 11:41 PM | Report abuse


    "That one" has been "palling around with terrorists"

    McCain-Palin desperation tag team

    Was this the McCain I thought won the first debate? What happened? The Aricept did not kick in tonight.

    He was semi-coherent and repetitious from the get-go (how many times did he say "Lieberman"?). But the moment he said "THAT one" was the moment he lost independents and decent-thinking Republican moderates.

    It was even worse than Clinton's "that woman." At least Bill followed his deprecation with the words, "Ms. Lewinsky."

    Now we know why McCain didn't look Obama in the eye at the last debate. He apparently reserves such deference for his "equals."

    If he didn't mean to impart a racial overtone, he sure fooled me.

    And on a purely technical point, when McCain failed to seize the moment after Obama talked about Delaware being overly friendly to the banks and credit card companies (kudos to Joe for that), I realized that he simply lacks the acuity to become president. What a missed opportunity...

    Get used to saying "President Obama."

    Posted by: scrivener50 | October 7, 2008 11:38 PM | Report abuse

    Why did McCain refer to Obama as "that one?"

    Kinda Harsh. Anyone else agree?

    Posted by: bobnsri | October 7, 2008 11:37 PM | Report abuse

    McCain seems intentionally set on throwing this election. On a night when he needed to attack, he coasted on his talking points, and thus McCain lost.

    McCain's only bright point was a new plan to help stabilize the mortgage crisis, but absent direct attacks on Obama as failing to deal adequately with the problem, McCain's plan got lost in the shuffle.

    And had McCain just listened to Obama and responded in a few spots, he could have pinned Obama against the wall at a few points. In dealing with the economic crisis, Obama tossed out a comment about compromising with foreign countries in setting economic policy. Say what?!? The US is going to engage in UN-type discussions with foreign countries, or we are going to help bail out their banks, or what? Whatever Obama meant, the idea of giving in to foreign demands looks extremely bad, but McCain let the comment slip by without even a wave of acknowledgment. Had McCain made an issue out of those few words, he would have gained at least two points in Ohio within seconds. Instead, he is in the same deepening hole that he was before the debate.

    Posted by: blert | October 7, 2008 11:36 PM | Report abuse

    Very poor format which ended up in a boring debate. No big mistakes, no gamechangers. McCain needed to win this, it ended up as a draw. I was amazed that he was so subdued, I expected an aggressive, lively performance.

    PS: "That one"? And am I wrong or did McCain refuse to shake Obama's hand afterwards?

    Posted by: CohtR | October 7, 2008 11:28 PM | Report abuse

    McCain referred to Obama as the one. He demonized Obama as "that one". Sensing he was losing ground McTreacherous is setting up Palin with her marching orders.
    This corrupt old man is far from quitting his evil ways.

    Posted by: seemstome | October 7, 2008 11:25 PM | Report abuse

    Nothing new of substance here, except for Sen. McCain's inexplicable idea of having the Federal government buy up all the bad mortgages (wasn't he going to freeze spending?).

    In the style category, Sen. McCain seemed unaware that he would be on camera during some of Sen. Obama's answers. He wandered aimlessly around the stage, looked at his feet and made faces like a volcano ready to blow. Sen. Obama looked cool and confident, as always.

    Sen. Obama nailed the energy and health care discussions. Nobody has an answer about how we're going to get out of the economic crisis. The rest of it was a wash, with each candidate playing to their partisans.

    Posted by: ScottinNC | October 7, 2008 11:24 PM | Report abuse

    McCain lost big time. The CNN trend line of uncommitted Ohio voters clearly favored Obama. McCain/Palin = toast.

    Posted by: Toddster | October 7, 2008 11:23 PM | Report abuse

    I think McCain started well, showing clearly that he felt comfortable with the town-hall setting. However, Obama caught up fast and actually ended up having more shining moments --- health care in particular, but also even in areas usually viewed as McCain's turf like Iraq, Iran and Pakistan. His closing statements were great. Overall, I think Obama won.

    Posted by: ChrisL1 | October 7, 2008 11:18 PM | Report abuse

    The debate format did not prove to be as significant an advantage for McCain as his campaign would have preferred. I thought his most effective moment was in response to the Russia 'yes or no' question when he was clear, concise, relaxed and demonstrated clear knowledge of the subject matter without feeling the need to sneak in shots at his opponent. The campaign should go back in time & bring out more of that John McCain, rather than the one that did the other 88 minutes.

    Posted by: bsimon1 | October 7, 2008 11:16 PM | Report abuse

    When McCain talks about foreign policy "We must be sure the Russians know we will be firm.. " He sounds like he thinks the job of President is to be a military general, and he thinks he has military general experience. He likes coercion. ........

    Posted by: glclark4750 | October 7, 2008 11:14 PM | Report abuse

    Pretty boring, in my view, as both of their past positions were simply reiterated--no new ground covered.

    Senator Obama wins, not by making a stronger case for him to be president, but for his memorable smack-down of Senator McCain. Senator McCain got up and had a pretty good line with "speak softly and carry a big stick" (I happen to agree with Senator Obama concerning Pakistan so perhaps I'm biased) but Senator Obama threw a hay maker that knocked Senator McCain for a loop since he easily could have responded to it by stating Pakistan was an ally and Iran and N Korea were not... instead he goes off on a tangent passing the comment off as being an informal remark made to an old war buddy. The look on his face after Senator Obama zinged him didn't help much either as he looked like a frightened man that new he'd just been out-foxed.

    That one exchange will remain in the minds of all that watched it.

    Score: Obama 1 McCain 0

    Posted by: eff-o-dee | October 7, 2008 11:05 PM | Report abuse

    The Geezer and Gidget:

    - stick a fork in them - they're done!

    Posted by: dww322 | October 7, 2008 11:05 PM | Report abuse

    BARACK OBAMA will be the next President of the Untied States we now know this for sure. Obama came across more Presidential and is one cool customer. He counterpunched well and Mc Same was well old and tired. OBAMANOS! YES WE WILL BRING THE CHANGE WE NEED NOW! BARACK AND ROLL!

    Posted by: pedraza1 | October 7, 2008 11:03 PM | Report abuse

    The format was relatively ineffective. I did not think Brokaw was unfair.

    Persons who copy-and-paste [caraprado1] rather than cite links are inconsiderate. Street corner's constant advertising of his own blog is inconsiderate, as is his use of the space bar. OfficerMancuso, Boko, and wpost are considerate posters.

    Good night, y'all.

    Posted by: mark_in_austin | October 7, 2008 10:55 PM | Report abuse

    Debate: Tie.

    Posted by: DonJasper | October 7, 2008 10:48 PM | Report abuse

    I enjoyed Obama's insightful answers, his patient response to the same old lies and mischaracterizations, and his cool, even tone. He was ...Presidential.

    I can see America again setting an example for the free world under a President Obama.

    What's up with that angry little man next to him?

    Posted by: ArmyBrat68 | October 7, 2008 10:46 PM | Report abuse

    Obama hangs with the crowd...very classy.

    Posted by: wpost4112 | October 7, 2008 10:46 PM | Report abuse

    The Hall Town format was supposed to be McCain’s strong and McCain bragged about it in every chance that got. However, his performance in Nashville is not up to a par.
    I know McCain is a senior citizen and all, but he really looks annoyed and kind of forgetful/drifty and even erratic at times. Obama looks poised and in command. What is up with “THAT ONE”? He sounded juvenile.

    Posted by: JJames081 | October 7, 2008 10:45 PM | Report abuse

    Obama and wife hang out with the crowd. McCain and wife long gone. They just have no clue.

    Posted by: bretb | October 7, 2008 10:44 PM | Report abuse

    Obama clearly dominated the debate.

    Posted by: DinahS | October 7, 2008 10:39 PM | Report abuse

    David Brooks gives debate to Obama..bad news for McCain.

    Posted by: wpost4112 | October 7, 2008 10:38 PM | Report abuse

    It was no contest. McCain is in bigger trouble than he knows.

    Posted by: bretb | October 7, 2008 10:36 PM | Report abuse

    McCain closes his arguments by throwing his Dad under the bus in order to compare himself with Obama's single mom story.

    The dad who got him every advantage he ever had.


    Posted by: dcnative71 | October 7, 2008 10:36 PM | Report abuse

    Is it just me or is Tom Brokow completely biased toward McCain -- the MSM probably won't even call him on it for fear of being labeled "elitist" or favoring Obama just because he actually makes sense.

    Posted by: truth-teller | October 7, 2008 10:36 PM | Report abuse

    thank god it's over! I had the word "warshington" in this drinking game.

    Posted by: StillwaterMN | October 7, 2008 10:33 PM | Report abuse

    McCain derailed his own campaign. Regardless of his showmanship, he's still saddled himself with Palin the Albatross.

    Posted by: davemarks | October 7, 2008 10:31 PM | Report abuse

    Did the Republicans let Sarah Palin do the debate prep for McCain tonight? It's getting hard to tell the two apart. I'm waiting for McCain to wink and tell us how great it is to be a hockey grandpa.

    Posted by: bretb | October 7, 2008 10:27 PM | Report abuse

    mccain talks like a creepy old derelict standing in a dark alley with stolen merchandise in his coat pockets asking
    "my friends, do you wanna buy
    the whispery insistence of his voice only barely drowning out
    his petulant desperation.

    does anyone think he has a clue?

    Posted by: cometzbb | October 7, 2008 10:25 PM | Report abuse

    No. McCain lost the debate when he referred to Obama as"that one"....aka: that darkie over there.

    Posted by: wpost4112 | October 7, 2008 10:23 PM | Report abuse

    McCain pronounces the word "Taliban" as if he is adding lyrics to the "Banana Boat Song". Come Mr. Talibon carry me bananas...daylight come and me wanna go hoooooommmme".

    Posted by: rainydaygirl | October 7, 2008 10:21 PM | Report abuse

    How did the surge succeed when we still have more troops than we had there before the surge? That's not success.

    Posted by: paulnolan97 | October 7, 2008 10:19 PM | Report abuse

    McCain loss this debate on healthcare alone

    Posted by: MILLER123 | October 7, 2008 10:19 PM | Report abuse

    kill bin Laden or Iraq people? Now lets see which one attack us.

    Posted by: MILLER123 | October 7, 2008 10:15 PM | Report abuse

    McCain got SPANKED!

    Bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb Iran!

    Posted by: wpost4112 | October 7, 2008 10:15 PM | Report abuse

    Brokaw keeps trying to prevent Obama from making a follow-up.

    Posted by: paulnolan97 | October 7, 2008 10:14 PM | Report abuse

    So Palin agrees with Obama. And McCain disagrees with both

    Posted by: MILLER123 | October 7, 2008 10:12 PM | Report abuse

    McCain is not making a good impression.

    Posted by: davemarks | October 7, 2008 10:11 PM | Report abuse

    Someone should go out and poke McCain with a stick and make hims do something interesting.

    Posted by: MorganaLeFay | October 7, 2008 10:07 PM | Report abuse

    my friends my friends my friends


    Posted by: mikeinmidland | October 7, 2008 10:06 PM | Report abuse

    I thought this was supposed to be a "town hall" -- can Tom Brokaw please shut up and let citizens ask the questions!!!!!

    Posted by: paulnolan97 | October 7, 2008 10:04 PM | Report abuse

    Brokaw keeps interrupting and giving more time to McCain. "Sorry about that"? What kind of moderator is he?

    Posted by: paulnolan97 | October 7, 2008 9:57 PM | Report abuse

    It's been confirmed. McCain has lost his mind.

    Posted by: bretb | October 7, 2008 9:55 PM | Report abuse

    And one more thing...McCain is blinking like mad. Perhaps it's an old war injury or dry eye...but it certainly looks odd.

    Posted by: warewind | October 7, 2008 9:55 PM | Report abuse

    Oh my...McCain is wondering around...he looks lost and confused... erratic?

    Posted by: warewind | October 7, 2008 9:52 PM | Report abuse

    Tom Brokaw is incredibly rude to Obama and aiming to disrupt his answers in the debate.

    Posted by: paulnolan97 | October 7, 2008 9:50 PM | Report abuse

    Who won the presidential debate at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee?


    Posted by: usadblake | October 7, 2008 9:49 PM | Report abuse

    I'm pretty sure he's not acting.

    Posted by: bretb | October 7, 2008 9:47 PM | Report abuse

    My Friends, John McCain sounds insincere when he says, "My friends...."

    New Joe six pack drinking game. Take a dring whenever McCain says "My Friend"; two drinks when Palin says maverick, chug when she winks!


    Posted by: protagoras | October 7, 2008 9:46 PM | Report abuse

    I am disappointed. I expected to see McCain on all fours chasing Obama around and biting his ankles. But McCain's just standing there acting stupid.

    Posted by: MorganaLeFay | October 7, 2008 9:45 PM | Report abuse



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    Posted by: 37thandOStreet | October 7, 2008 9:45 PM | Report abuse

    WOW- McCain is actually making Sarah Palin look good. The old guy has lost his way.

    Posted by: bretb | October 7, 2008 9:43 PM | Report abuse

    My friends, I think McCain has been watching too many reruns of The Music Man.

    Posted by: wpost4112 | October 7, 2008 9:43 PM | Report abuse

    Obama is dominating the debate.
    McCain's jokes fall flat.

    Posted by: wpost4112 | October 7, 2008 9:37 PM | Report abuse

    37th and O Street advertises his blog:

    "Voted One Of The Nation's Top 5 Blogs For The Election of 2008"

    If this really does represent a national consensus, we are worse off than I ever feared. More likely, though, is that it represents a "nation" of adoring "fans" whose real "admiration" is crystal clear to 37th, invisible though it may be to those of us who can spell.

    Posted by: bokonon13 | October 7, 2008 9:34 PM | Report abuse

    Neither of these guys excite me.
    but only McCain worries me..and Palin should never be allowed near the White House at all.

    Posted by: wpost4112 | October 7, 2008 9:16 PM | Report abuse

    does anyone else think that it was a little insulting for McCain to assume that guy had never heard of Frannie Mae and Freddie Mac. I mean come on, two HUGE firms.

    Posted by: jelliotb | October 7, 2008 9:15 PM | Report abuse

    This is make or break time for McCain. Does getting angry help or hurt tonight?

    Posted by: parkerfl1 | October 7, 2008 9:05 PM | Report abuse

    Isn't characterizing your adversary as "hostile, bigoted and angry" claiming, before the game, that the officials were biased?

    In my experience, your average US citizen is anything but hostile, bigoted and angry - more like, "willing to go out of their way to make a person feel at home" - in the absence of promptings from the likes of 37'th.

    Posted by: officermancuso | October 7, 2008 8:59 PM | Report abuse



    That is all the Obama people have - instead of actually addressing the issue at hand, the Obama people call people liars, bigots or racists.

    It is a sick way to run a campaign.









    Posted by: 37thandOStreet | October 7, 2008 8:48 PM | Report abuse

    Sorry, but ultra-verbose comments just lose me.

    Posted by: officermancuso | October 7, 2008 8:46 PM | Report abuse

    Head of State

    Tuesday, October 07, 2008
    Fear and Loathing in the Town Hall: A Predictive Fantasy

    (The camera looks at the hall from above, into the hall, from the POV of the stage. Red meat has been hung from the walls and rafters, along with dollar bills which, upon closer inspection, are Monopoly money.

    The crowd is seated. They are strangely quiet. Their manner is that between those who are waiting for their instructions, post-op surgical recoverees, and post-war survivors. They are slightly slumped, in the same posture.

    The candidates enter from opposite sides of the rear of the stage and walk to their podiums. The crowd rises as one and cheers with a loud, aggressive fervor reflective of their desperation.
    Obama is standing tall in stride, looking a bit overcome by the experience, although genuine. McCain is smiling--his cheerful public grimace, although there is some genuine pleasure. His eyes have the slightest glaze of a gradually oncoming fog.)

    MODERATOR: Tonight is a different format--one where you, the public, can ask your questions directly to the candidates. None of the questions have been screened in advance, and the candidates have been given no advance notice of what the questions, or who the questioners, might be. And with that, we begin. Our first question:

    CITIZEN 1: My name is Jan, I'm from Murfreesboro? I've been watching the news, and I'm scared. I can't say that I've listened much about the stock market before? But I know that it's going down, and that's bad. I don't know what's going to happen to my job, or my house, or my kids. My question is for Mr. McCain? What will you do to help us understand what is going on, and to make it clear just what you will do about it?

    (Crowd applauds vigourously as Jan sits down with a bit of embarassment).

    MCCAIN: (Holding the top of the rostrum with both hands and smiling): Well, first, I want to welcome each of you here tonight. You know, I know what each of you are feeling. I think that each of you must be scared--as I am, of not verifying myself in my father's and my grandfather's eyes. But, that's not so important today--or, at least saying it isn't. What is most important is to appear that I understand an economy that just months ago I said that I had little understanding of at all. I want to win. I need it, frankly, as a way of overcoming my own personal horrors and demons, of overcoming the anger that was bestowed and thrust, unwillingly, upon me. And that's why I'm still willing, even as the sharpest edges of mental function fade, to propel myself through this mass of insult. I understand how to respond to insult. With anger. And impulse. And that's what I'll bring to the White House, come January of 2009.

    (Crowd applauds vigorously)

    MODERATOR: The next question is for Senator Obama.

    CITIZEN 2: Thanks. My name is Ross, from Shreveport. First-time caller, long-time listener. My question is: Senator Obama, it's not an error that you were given the middle name "Barack". We know that that is the same name of the murderous. Communist leader of Iran--and that's no accident. (A slight murmur from the crowd. The moderator looks vaguely stunned, but does not interrupt). Now, when you were going to Russia, with Bill Ayers, and dodging the draft--just like William Jefferson Clinton--(speaking more quickly now, more aggressively, turning to the crowd)--why weren't you here at home, saving our banks from the Liberals and the Socialists who want to take our money away from us and just give it to the terrorists?

    SARAH PALIN: (Poking her head out from the wings, with a big smile): You betcha'!

    (She withdraws).

    OBAMA: Well. First of all, I also want to welcome you all here tonight. You know, I know that this is a difficult time. Many of you are worried about your jobs, your families, your homes. There are times that test a man's soul, and every woman's as well. And I know that this may be one of those times. I can understand why you would be frightened, even angry at what this nation has done. But we are a nation that has risen up in adversity even in the best of times, we found our strength, and honor, and courage, our ability to work as one, when faced with the most difficult situations. And I want to call on each of you, in that spirit of patriotic sacrifice, to join with me in that effort in the days ahead.

    (Silence. Then applause, as the recognition of actual thought begins to spread through the crowd. It swells, and finally, subsides).

    MODERATOR: The next question is for Senator McCain.

    CITIZEN 3 (He is a man who appears to be in his early 40's wearing blue jeans that are stiff and obviously brand-new. They are perfectly creased. He is wearing a tight fitting, also obviously new T-Shirt that says "Average American...And Black With Rage!" beneath which is an American flag. He is wearing black wing-tip shoes. ). Senator McCain, I'm just an average American, just an average Joe, just your Average Joe-Sixpack (Blackberry begins ringing)...Oh...
    excuse boss's phone...(whispering tensely into phone:) "No...I said sell. Sell. Yes, the entire portfolio. No, not Ghanan timber, for god's sake, gold, the lot of it. Jesus H....(tucks Blackberry back into pants pocket and then readjusts his stance to that of average Joe, slumping to one side again and changing his voice back to it's original tenor). Like I said, just an average Joe Sixpack. And I'm wonderin'. I heard what Mr. Hussein just said about "rising up", and I'm wonderin' if that's exactly what he wants to do! Oh, sure, he wants us to band together to rise up--where have we heard that before? Socialists! That's what they do! (crowd begins to murmur, and in the rising heat, the smell of the fresh meat begins to waft faintly through the hall). Rise up! That's what he wants to do! Well, we need to rise up! Against those kind of Socialist, Communist, Fascist, Atheist, Marxist policies! (the crowd is talking, some nodding their heads). And so what I want to ask you, Sen. McCain (crowd quiets), as an average everyday American, is this: What is it like, being a fighter pilot and all, when you know that Barack Hussein was out there, palling around with his Communist friends?

    MCCAIN: Well, my friend--and by that, I mean that all of you are my friends--I'm glad you asked. Not everyone has had the luxury of gaining an education merely on the basis of their own talent, or the opportunity to travel the world learning how to be separate from important family members without their having significant pull, or to be able to experience the variety of foods that one has the chance to consume when they are paid for by the State. And, I can say that, in that way, I haven't been quiet as lucky. But I will say this--I will not look such fortune in the face and say: 'Fine, I'll work on education with the Bill Ayers of this world', "I'll be at the top of my class at Harvard", when I can be down, down there with you at the bottom! I know what it's like to be at the bottom when I've had all the opportunities--and I want to share that experience with those of you who have had none. You're angry. I'm angry. We have that in common. Let's be angry together, satisfied that, for another for four years, we've put those who have the arrogance to think for extended periods in their place, content in knowing that we're right--even if we're wrong.

    CITIZEN 4: Hiya. My name is George, from Midland, altho' some would say Kennebunkport, heh, heh. I have a question for ya, John, and it's this. Listen: I'm goin' to be out of a job soon. Oil futures aren't lookin' that good, and I've got to tell ya', I didn't have too much luck there in the first place. So I'd like to ask ya, one flyin' man to another--what do you think I oughta do?

    PALIN: (emerges from wings with purposeful strides to McCain's podium): I've got to take this one, John. Mr. Bush, if you can't figure out what you want to do after you leave and we move in, take a little time off, and then you come right up to Alaska. They love hunting just like you--and you can fly, you can learn to do it from a plane! The pipeline's big enough for any number of mistakes. So you come up here when you're finished--we've got plenty of bars with plenty of bowls of nuts and plenty of televisions right on Wasiila Main street--we'll take care of you right!

    (Bush smiles and sits, crowd applauds, Palin, smiling and waving, exits).

    CITIZEN 5: Well, look. This is a serious question. I'm John, from Carpenter. It's for both of you. I've got two kids, 4 and 6, a boy and a girl--so sweet. You know. My wife, she was working for the WaMu branch, center of town. It's closing next week. She's been looking in the ads, the newspapers, online--nothing. It's all she can do to keep a smile on her face for the kids. Myself, I built a commerical trucking business from the ground up. Sixteen years. Sweat everyday, grease on my hands, I can never get it out. We were never rich, but I made a good living. I didn't know about investing--who does, you're not born with it! Anyway, I went to an investment advisor, it seemed like the safe thing to do, protect the kids, plan for the future, not use my own dumb head (smiles). Well, he was so smart, and he was so sure, and he had it all planned out. And it looked so impressive on paper. Now--all of a sudden--it's gone. Everything is changing. It's changing so quickly. It seems like nobody--nobody knew. Not even the people who were supposed to! Everybody was talkin', makin noise, thinkin' of one thing: Themselves, themselves, themselves. Never worrying to think about someone else, about the future, about the next moment.

    Well, now the next moment is here. And I wanna know--what are the two of you really gonna do about it?

    (The room is quiet as his last word echoes in the hall. The raw meat is rocking, slowly in the air, and the paper bills are gently fluttering). You can see Palin in profile, standing in the wings, holding her chin in her hand. The two candidates stare straight ahead, holding the podium. They are silent).

    Head of State

    Posted by: caraprado1 | October 7, 2008 8:40 PM | Report abuse

    37'th, I'm so ashamed that I'm blushing

    Posted by: officermancuso | October 7, 2008 8:39 PM | Report abuse



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    Posted by: 37thandOStreet | October 7, 2008 8:39 PM | Report abuse


    You should reconsider your vote - do not be irresponsible and vote for someone who has done nothing in their life, who has no experience and someone who knows nothing about economics beyond the price of cocaine.

    Your postings have been shameful.


    Posted by: 37thandOStreet | October 7, 2008 8:36 PM | Report abuse

    ok, so I'm signed up for your Twitter feed, but how do I make my replies heard, short of posting them here?

    Posted by: officermancuso | October 7, 2008 8:29 PM | Report abuse

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